Saturday, 24 September 2011

Picking Grapes

Alright then, here is a post that is actually what the title depicts it to be. So, now that the prepping up to the picking of the grapes has been covered, we will now delve into the picking of the grapes. As stated, my husband had to help me because I needed someone to remove the Lady Bugs (shudder). Unfortunately, we picked a cold day to do it. Good because the grapes were cold, bad because our hands were cold. We would pick whole clusters and place them into our bowls. Once the bowls were full, we would go inside and put them in the kitchen sink, where the sinks were full of cool water (to make those pesky Lady Bugs show themselves, and to wash the grapes). Now the up to the location of our grapes is that it is on our fence so its pretty easy to see them. The down side is that the fence is right in front of our pond. Luckily, I had bought a pair of rubber boots two days earlier (needed them field trip in school to a bog and they were only $9!). So here I am, standing in the middle of our pond, in my new rubber boots picking grapes from our grape vine.

So, I was talking to someone at our local farmer's market about grapes. I wanted to get more grapes so that way we would be completely covered for grape juice for a really long time but they were sold out. Anywho, he said the grapes were most definitely beta grapes based off of the description of the taste (remember last post; taste like grape flavoured Dimatab, cough medicine). Here are some photos though of me picking the grapes and what not.

Here's the haul! So many grapes! We guessed about 20 lbs of grapes. 


  1. oh my gosh wow!! that's great!! what are you going to do with them all?? i think i would make jelly! is it hard to grow them? I think I'd like to do that! do they need a lot of sun???

  2. I have an established vine so its not hard to grow them at all. They need direct sunlight, and don't require watering (once established). I have beta grapes, so they are good for juice and jelly. But more on that in the next post.